VIETNAM PILOT FOR E-VISAS. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

04 April 2017

Decree 07/2017/ND-CP introduces guidelines on the implementation of the e-visa pilot program. Here is what you need to know:       

1.       Foreign travelers of 40 nationalities can apply for visa online through the Vietnamese government dedicated portal

2.       Maximum visa duration of e-visa granted is 30 days and single entry.*

3.       Processing time: 3 working days

4.       A single government fee of US$25 whether the visa is approved or rejected (no refund)

5.       Who may apply for the e-visa? : Either the eligible individual directly or a local host entity.  The local entity must register for an e-visa account, obtain approval, and then receive a token (for digital identification) for an account at the department of labor. When the local host entity applies for the e-visa on behalf of an individual through their registered account, the visa will be sponsored by the host entity and the host entity name will appear on the e-visa.  *Also, the local host entity is entitled to renew the e-visa one time for an additional 30 days.

6.       The individual applicant (or host entity) shall select the purpose of entry when completing the e-form. There are many choices including tourism but also Business is listed. However, while a normal visa will have a unique category as described in the immigration law, the e-visa has a unique “EV” category that appears on the e-visa whether the purpose of entry is for tourism, for business or others.

7.       It is unclear at this early stage whether an e-visa can be converted to another visa category in country.  Until further clarification from the authorities, we recommend that businesses continue to engage the normal multi-entry business visa for assignees coming to Vietnam for long term work under work permit.

Should you have any question or would like to know more about this service, please contact your immigration coordinator at Resident Vietnam.

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